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NewFrac Conference - FEUP Porto

07 May 2024 - 10 May 2024
University of Porto, Portugal
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The NewFrac Conference will take place in Porto, Portugal, from May 7th to 10th, 2024.

This conference is organized within the ITN Project NewFrac – New strategies for multifield fracture problems across scales in heterogeneous systems for Energy, Health and Transport – with the goal of bringing together the computational fracture mechanics community in a unique event, fostering exchange of knowledge, expertise and new ideas, departing from 4 plenary lectures from leading researchers in the fields of computational and multiscale fracture mechanics and from the contributions of the network’s 13 early-stage researchers and their supervisors from 7 internationally recognized research groups and 5 leading high-tech companies.

The NewFrac Conference is thus expected to create a scientific space to present, discuss and develop recent investigations and it is open to contributed talks from any research topics on new computational strategies for fracture problems, with special focus on Phase Field models for fracture and Finite Fracture Mechanics. Scientists and engineers from all fields of computational fracture mechanics are encouraged to attend the conference, benefiting from a technical program of excellence throughout 4 days of stimulating scientific discussions and unforgettable cultural and gastronomical experiences in the beautiful city of Porto.

And since this conference results from a doctoral training network, early-stage researchers and students are expected to be an important share of the NewFrac Conference. Thus, a number of fellowships for students attending the Conference will be offered by the network. In addition, a committee made by all the NewFrac supervisors will award the best student presentation to acknowledge students who show potential for outstanding scientific achievements in the fields of computational and multiscale fracture mechanics.

We look forward to welcoming you in Porto in May, 2024!


Faculty of Engineering (FEUP)
University of Porto, Portugal

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Address: Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal

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About Porto

Porto is a city in northern Portugal, located along the Douro River, 3 km from the river’s mouth on the Atlantic Ocean and 175 miles (280 km) north of Lisbon. It is the second largest city in Portugal and is world-famous for its port wine.

Porto is also known for its gastronomy. The city has a rich culinary heritage, with many traditional dishes that are unique to the region. Some of the must-try dishes include “francesinha” and “tripas à moda do Porto”. The city is also home to many top-quality restaurants that serve both traditional and modern cuisine.

The old town, today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built on the hills overlooking the Douro River. The city is known for its beautiful architecture, including the Clérigos Tower, the Palácio da Bolsa, and the São Bento Railway Station. The city has a rich history and culture, with many museums, galleries, and cultural events throughout the year. The city is also home to many parks and gardens, including the Serralves Park and the Crystal Palace Gardens.

The city is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. In recent years, Porto has won several tourism awards. In 2022, the city was voted the Best City Destination in the World at the World Travel Awards ceremony. The city has also won several other awards, including the Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2020 and the Europe’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination 2020. These awards are a testament to the city’s beauty, culture, and hospitality.

The climate in Porto is mild, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C in Summer.

The city is also a commercial and industrial centre, with a thriving economy that is driven by a diverse range of industries, including textiles, footwear, furniture, food processing, and electronics. The city is home to many large companies, which are leaders in their respective industries, and it is also home to many small and medium-sized enterprises, which contribute significantly to the local economy.

Porto is home to many research and development centres, which are focused on developing new technologies and products. The city’s universities and research institutions are also major contributors to the local economy, providing a steady stream of highly skilled workers and researchers. In recent years, the city has made significant investments in infrastructure and technology, which has helped to attract new businesses and industries to the area. The city is also home to many business incubators and accelerators, which provide support and resources to startups and entrepreneurs. These initiatives have helped to create a vibrant and dynamic business ecosystem in the city.


Prof. Laura de Lorenzis
Dep. of Mechanical and Process Eng.
ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Prof. Francisco Pires
Faculty of Engineering
University of Porto, Portugal

Prof. Thomas Pardoen
Louvain School of Engineering
Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Prof. Frans Van der Meer
Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Each participant is invited to contribute with a talk in any research topic on new computational strategies for fracture problems.

The abstracts of the participants’ contributions can be submitted here».


Registration Fee: 500,00€

Registration fee includes: Coffee breaks, lunches and social dinner.

Registrations in the NewFrac Conference are open here».




  • Prof. Pedro P. Camanho (Chair)
  • Prof. Albertino Arteiro (Co-chair)

Faculty of Engineering, U. Porto, Portugal

NewFrac Coordinator:

  • Prof. Vladislav Mantic

Universidad de Sevilla, Spain

Project Manager:

  • María Nocete

Universidad de Sevilla, Spain


  • Laura de Lorenzis
  • Francisco Pires
  • Thomas Pardoen
  • Frans Van der Meer
  • Israel Garcia Garcia
  • Jose Reinoso
  • Marco Paggi
  • Zohar Yosibash
  • Pietro Cornetti
  • Mauro Corrado
  • Fabian Welschinger
  • Bernardo López


  • Abstract submission deadline: 07 March 2024
  • Confirmation of abstract acceptance: 14 March 2024
  • Registration deadline: 07 April 2024
  • Conference: from 07 May 2024 to 10 May 2024

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  • From 07 May 2024 to 10 May 2024

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